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Civil Air Patrol cadets pay respect to veterans

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The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Frankfort Composite Squadron cadets spent Memorial Sunday paying respects to our fallen veterans. Cadets from Owenton and Frankfort flights attended an event and visited two memorials.

The cadets attended a Post 34 of the American Legion and Auxiliary Annual Memorial Day service at the newly renovated Healing Field in the Legion Park, Lawrenceburg.

Special guests in attendance were U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, state Rep. James Tipton and Col. Brian Wertzler of the Kentucky National Guard. It was a moving ceremony honoring our fallen servicemen and women as well as the families they left behind.

“The service was touching, it gave me an even deeper appreciation for the men and women who risk their lives everyday for our freedom, and especially for the ones who’ve paid the ultimate price,” said Cadet Sgt. Eli Patterson.

After the service, the cadets visited the Vietnam Memorial in Frankfort. They were explained the history of the monument by 1st Lt. Scheffler. The cadets saluted the names that were engraved in the pavement.

The final stop was to the National Guard Memorial at Boone Center. A salute went up again to properly respect those who gave their lives in the National Guard. One of the cadets found the name of their fallen family friend who died at age 25 while fighting for freedom in Afghanistan.

Cadets learn leadership, aerospace, character development, emergency services, drill and ceremony and physical training. They must pass tests as well as demonstrate our core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect. In the cadet program, young adults get to experience flying, missions with emergency services, develop leadership skills and more. To join, a youth must be between 12-18 years old.

The main squadron, located in Frankfort next to Sonic, has both a cadet program and an adult member program. The squadron has two additional flights, an adult flight in Danville and a cadet flight in Owenton. The Frankfort Composite Squadron was established two years ago and is now the second largest cadet squadron in the state. Frankfort cadets meet from 5-7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Kentucky Wing HQ next to Sonic. The Owenton cadet flight meets from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday night at the Maurice Bowling Middle School. The adult meeting is every first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m.